There are somany running preferences there as there are numerous runners in the world. Some likes early morning jogs, some responds the track, while others stick to marathons. There are also runners that find motivation in running in groups, and those who prefer to go solo. For those in the latter category, the connection between running and meditation is often a reality. This blog topic by CRB Tech Reviews discuss the effects of running and meditation combo!
MEDITATION IMPROVES YOUR RUNNING AND VICE VERSA
It’s the same characteristics of running that leads to a lack of attention and awareness that can also lead to more attention and awareness.
The repetitive nature of running makes the mind to wander and lose attention to proper running technique and breathing, making it difficult to notice poor running form. It’s not only that you miss beautiful scenery on your way; it’s the quality of your run and the awareness necessary to pinpoint and improve weak spots.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, an avid runner and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979, prefers to the meditative elements of running in the patterns of breath, foot strike and motion. On the other hand, meditation, as described in a paper by David Shainberg is an act of attention, an awareness and concern for what is actually occurring in body and mind.
If runners mix the increased focus that comes from meditation with the repeatative nature of running, they can take advantage of the best of both worlds. A practice of meditation brings concentrated attention to the present moment. Work to gain attention while running essentially becomes extra practice time in addition to that practice of meditating on a mat.
Running as meditation gives a special opportunity to understand the action of time, our relationship in space and movement.
The more you practice paying attention to the present moment during a run, the easier it will be on your meditation mat. Anybody can sit and watch their breath or mind; but doing the same while running needs more practice and is an art that takes time to excel.
At the same time, the more you gain your attention with meditation, the more present you’ll be when you’re running and, thus, the better you’ll be able to pick up on the tiny, almost imperceptible movements that might be holding your running back. Once you’re aware of it, you can improve it, helping you tackle goals like a faster speed or more mileage.
MEDITATION AND RUNNING MIGHT HELP FIGHT THE BLUES
Be it the winter season that’s making you lazy or you’re just sometimes prone to feeling less than sunny, running and meditation together can give a punch that overcomes depression. This combi is known as a mental and physical training and its effects were proved in a 2016 study published in Translational Psychology. The study recorded 52 participants who, for 8 weeks, participated in two sessions each week of aerobic and meditation. Researchers found that those with and without depressive disorders reported lesser depression symptoms and positive thoughts at the end of the study.
While the exact cause isn’t known, the study showed that running and meditation have powerfully positive effects. However MAP training intervention was translated from basic neuroscientific research explaining that aerobic exercise and mental training increases neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus.
Even though the team didn’t follow up the participants in the long term, considering that depression affects about one in five people at some point in their lifetime, these findings indicate that with a meditation and running combination, even if you aren’t feeling blue, you can feel slightly more positive than you already are.
We conclude the discussion.
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